Crane operator certification programs to be developed

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators announced plans in March to develop crane operator certification programs for overhead and tower crane operators.

NCCCO’s certification program for mobile crane operators is the only program recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as meeting its requirements for crane operator competency.

“Given the widespread adoption of its mobile crane program and the endorsements it has garnered, NCCCO is the appropriate entity to develop and administer these new programs,” says Ronald Schad, president of NCCCO.

The Crane Manufacturers Association of America will collaborate with NCCCO to develop the overhead crane operator certification program. Development of the two new programs is set to begin in the second quarter of this year, and both programs could be ready for introduction by the end of the first quarter of 2004, says Graham Brent, executive director of NCCCO.

NCCCO will model the new programs after its mobile crane operator certification program. Among the certification criteria that will be considered are written and practical examinations and physical, experience and recertification requirements.

NCCCO plans to double track development of both programs through two task forces staffed by experts in their respective fields.